Dental veneers are thin custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to enhance the appearance of a person’s teeth. Veneers are bonded to the front surface of the tooth using a dental filling.
Veneers offer the advantage of cosmetically improving your dental condition, while also conserving a great deal of the healthy, existing structure of your teeth. As a result, our dental professionals at Fisher & Orfaly Dental may recommend veneers as an alternative to crowns when moderate treatment is more appropriate to achieve desired results.
Dental veneers are a popular choice for those with chipped teeth or a gap between the teeth. They can be made of porcelain or resin composite material. Each type has its own benefits.
Porcelain has unique properties that make it ideal for use as veneers. Porcelain can endure normal dental function, even when thin pieces are used. Additionally, a variety of genuine shades and shapes can be reproduced with porcelain veneers. We have noticed that a number of common defects to our patients’ smiles can be corrected with porcelain veneers, ultimately improving the entire smile.
As an added benefit to correcting defects with porcelain veneers, the custom fit to your front-facing dentition gives your restoration a pleasant and uniform appearance.
Veneers are suggested to the people with:
Crooked or misshapen teeth
Worn or chipped teeth
Extensively stained or discolored teeth
Inappropriately sized teeth (too large or small)
Undesired spaces between teeth
To accommodate for the additional thickness of a veneer, your teeth will be moderately prepared prior to placement. An impression, or mold, of your teeth, is also taken so that your veneers are fabricated to the specific dimensions of your smile. At this time, the dentist will work with you to decide on the right color for your veneers.
At the placement appointment, your teeth will first be cleansed with special, professional-grade liquids to ensure your veneer is optimally bonded. Dental bonding cement is used when applying the veneer, hardened and set by use of a specialized light.
After the procedure, you will receive care instructions, including recommendations for your daily brushing and flossing routine. Regular follow-up visits are also recommended to enhance the longevity of your porcelain veneers.
Usually, getting porcelain veneers is a cosmetic procedure and thus, it is not covered under insurance. A procedure is considered cosmetic if:
The procedure exists solely for enhancing the aesthetics of the patient’s smile.
The underlying tooth or tissue is not injured, impaired, or decayed.
There is no medically necessary reason for altering the tooth or performing the procedure.
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Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.